France 1652-D louis d'or

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Sincona sale 54, lot 348
This specimen was lot 348 in Sincona sale 54 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 900 CHF (about US$1,071 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"Frankreich, konigreich, Louis XIV. 1643-1715. Louis dor à la mèche longue 1652 D, Lyon. Sehr schön. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, gold louis of the long lock of 1652, Lyon mint. Very fine.)"
This louis d'or à la mèche longue, struck at the Lyon mint 1652-54, 1657-59, is among the more available louis of Louis XIV of France. It is still an expensive coin, particularly as this is a better mint.

Recorded mintage: 20,396 plus 2,479 louis d'or à la mèche courte[1].

Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, plain edge, this specimen 6.65 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 345, Dr/2 no. 216, Gadoury 245. Fr-418.


  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [2]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 54: Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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